79% of Women Think Face Care Matters More Than Body Skin Care
But it’s time to think differently.
79% of women think face care is more important than a body skin care routine*
In reality, any skin anywhere on your body can become dry and unhealthy. Though your face is what you show to the world, other body parts are just as likely to experience moisture loss and damage. To have truly healthy skin, it’s important to practise good skin care everywhere. It’s your first line of defence against the outside world and needs to be healthy in order to protect you effectively.
Edelman Berland on behalf of Vaseline. Vaseline Skin Health Questionnaire. Survey of 8,450 female consumers (aged 25-45). March-April 2014. Artistic representation of dry skin.
When it comes to body care, here are a few particular areas to keep in mind:
They’re one of your most-used, most-exposed body parts. Elbows bend and lean and prop you up constantly throughout the day. All of this motion contributes to thick, dry skin that can become ashy and discoloured. Try using a rich hydrating moisturiser that not only actively moisturises your skin with humectants but also contains occlusives like Vaseline petroleum jelly that help lock in the moisture, so you get an instant hydration and a long term benefit too, then moisturise as part of a body care routine. Do this regularly for visibly healthier elbows.
The skin of your feet is naturally drier than anywhere else on your body. It has no oil glands, so it uses sweat glands to provide necessary moisture. Though this skin is already dry, it can still be damaged by dry weather and hot showers. Very dry feet can feel uncomfortable and become cracked. Because bare feet are exposed to a variety of surfaces, protecting the skin on your feet is important.
Our hands are always exposed and we use them to perform many daily tasks. Hand skin is very thin—thinner than the skin on your face—and it’s one of the first body parts to reveal signs of ageing. Dry environments play a role, but frequent hand-washing (especially with hot water) will also weaken your skin’s protective lipid layer and reduce its ability to retain moisture.
Like your elbows, your knees bend constantly and often exposed to the air (depending on the season). The skin on your knees is strong but it’s often affected by the same dryness and discolouration that affect elbows. Luckily, the same body skin care routine you use for your elbows will also work for your knees: mild cleansing, followed by moisturising.
Take care of your face, but remember that when it comes to skin health, it’s important to care for your entire body.